Clone a Directed Acyclic Graph

A directed acyclic graph (DAG) is a graph which doesn’t contain a cycle and has directed edges. We are given a DAG, we need to clone it, i.e., create another graph that has copy of its vertices and edges connecting them.


Input :
0 - - - > 1 - - - -> 4
|        /          ^   
|       /           |  
|      /            |
|     /             |  
|    /              |
|   /               |
v  v              v  |
2 - - - - - - - - -> 3

Output : Printing the output of the cloned graph gives: 

To clone a DAG without storing the graph itself within a hash (or dictionary in Python). To clone, it we basically do a depth-first traversal of the nodes, taking original node’s value and initializing new neighboring nodes with the same value, recursively doing, till the original graph is fully traversed. Below is the recursive approach to cloning a DAG (in Python). We make use of dynamic lists in Python, append operation to this list happens in constant time, hence, fast and efficient initialization of the graph.

# Python program to clon a directed acyclic graph.
# Class to create a new graph node
class Node():
    # key is the value of the node
    # adj will be holding a dynamic
    # list of all Node type neighboring
    # nodes
    def __init__(self, key = None, adj = None):
        self.key = key
        self.adj = adj
# Function to print a graph, depth-wise, recursively
def printGraph(startNode, visited):
    # Visit only those nodes who have any
    # neighboring nodes to be traversed
    if startNode.adj is not None:
        # Loop through the neighboring nodes
        # of this node. If source node not already
        # visited, print edge from source to
        # neighboring nodes. After visiting all
        # neighbors of source node, mark its visited
        # flag to true
        for i in startNode.adj:
            if visited[startNode.key] == False :
                print("edge %s-%s:%s-%s"%(hex(id(startNode)), hex(id(i)), startNode.key, i.key))
                if visited[i.key] == False:
                    printGraph(i, visited)
                    visited[i.key] = True
# Function to clone a graph. To do this, we start
# reading the original graph depth-wise, recursively
# If we encounter an unvisited node in original graph,
# we initialize a new instance of Node for
# cloned graph with key of original node
def cloneGraph(oldSource, newSource, visited):
    clone = None
    if visited[oldSource.key] is False and oldSource.adj is not None:
        for old in oldSource.adj:
            # Below check is for backtracking, so new
            # nodes don't get initialized everytime
            if clone is None or(clone is not None and clone.key != old.key):
                clone = Node(old.key, [])
            cloneGraph(old, clone, visited)
            # Once, all neighbors for that particular node
            # are created in cloned graph, code backtracks
            # and exits from that node, mark the node as
            # visited in original graph, and traverse the
            # next unvisited
            visited[old.key] = True
    return newSource
# Creating DAG to be cloned
# In Python, we can do as many assignments of
# variables in one single line by using commas
n0, n1, n2 = Node(0, []), Node(1, []), Node(2, [])
n3, n4 = Node(3, []), Node(4)
# flag to check if a node is already visited.
# Stops indefinite looping during recursion
visited = [False]* (5)
print("Graph Before Cloning:-")
printGraph(n0, visited)
visited = [False]* (5)
print(" Cloning Process Starts")
clonedGraphHead = cloneGraph(n0, Node(n0.key, []), visited)
print("Cloning Process Completes.")
visited = [False]*(5)
print(" Graph After Cloning:-")
printGraph(clonedGraphHead, visited)


Graph Before Cloning:-
edge 0x7fa03dd43878-0x7fa03dd43908:0-1
edge 0x7fa03dd43908-0x7fa03dd43950:1-2
edge 0x7fa03dd43950-0x7fa03dd43998:2-3
edge 0x7fa03dd43998-0x7fa03dd439e0:3-4
edge 0x7fa03dd43908-0x7fa03dd43998:1-3
edge 0x7fa03dd43908-0x7fa03dd439e0:1-4
edge 0x7fa03dd43878-0x7fa03dd43950:0-2

Cloning Process Starts
Cloning Process Completes.

Graph After Cloning:-
edge 0x7fa03dd43a28-0x7fa03dd43a70:0-1
edge 0x7fa03dd43a70-0x7fa03dd43ab8:1-2
edge 0x7fa03dd43ab8-0x7fa03dd43b00:2-3
edge 0x7fa03dd43b00-0x7fa03dd43b48:3-4
edge 0x7fa03dd43a70-0x7fa03dd43b90:1-3
edge 0x7fa03dd43a70-0x7fa03dd43bd8:1-4
edge 0x7fa03dd43a28-0x7fa03dd43c20:0-2

Creating the DAG by appending adjacent edges to the vertex happens in O(1) time. Cloning of the graph takes O(E+V) time.

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